Wednesday, August 5, 2015

DC FINDS THEIR TV HAWKMAN IN FALK HENTSCHEL! WARNER BROS TO DEVELOP NEW 'DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS' MOVIE! DELIGHTFUL NEW 'DRESSMAKER' TRAILER WITH KATE WINSLET, LIAM HEMSWORTH

FALK HENTSCHEL IS
 DC'S TELEVISION 'HAWKMAN'
In TV news, DC has found their actor for the character of Hawkman who will first appear in CW's shows THE FLASH and ARROW before becoming a regular superhero in their new series LEGENDS OF TOMORROW in the winter midseason. Gorgeous Falk Hentschel (who starred in STREET DANCE, AGENTS OF SHIELD and worked as Mariah Carey's dancer) will play the winged hero, a reincarnation of an Egyptian emperor, who has lived on for centuries alongside his ladylove Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renée). Hawkman is capable of sprouting wings by tapping into the power of the ancient hawk god Horus. As I reported before LEGENDS OF TOMORROW will unite a number of superheroes from the other two shows and some new ones who will together battle common enemies. Wentworth Miller, Brandon Routh and Dominic Purcel also star. 

'DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS'
RETURNING TO THE BIG SCREENS
After WARCRAFT, which is arriving into theatres next summer, it seems another hugely popular fantasy world game will be turned into a movie. Hasbro and Warner Bros. will turn DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS into a huge epic movie. With the script already written by RED RIDING HOOD and WRATH OF THE TITANS' David Leslie Johnson (can't believe he is still working after those two writing atrocities), the movie is slated for 2019 release! Some fifteen years ago New Line made an unsuccessful movie out of it which spawned tons of DVD sequels. That one was set in the empire of Izmer populated by mages, magic users, empresses, dragons, dwarves and elves.

NEW 'DRESSMAKER' TRAILER
WITH KATE WINSLET, LIAM HEMSWORTH, HUGO WEAVING
Second, delightful international trailer has been released for lovely Australian movie THE DRESSMAKER with Kate Winslet, Judi Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving.  Based on Rosalie Ham bestselling novel of the same name, the movie will see Kate Winslet playing the 1950s Australian fashion designer Tilly Dunnage who goes back to her rural hometown to care for her sick mother, but rumours of her involvement in the death of a young boy threaten to ruin her return. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. The movie is first out in Australian cinemas this October! 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ENCHANTING NEW FILMS: 'BIG STONE GAP' WITH ASHLEY JUDD, PATRICK WILSON, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, 'HOLDING THE MAN' WITH GUY PEARCE, RYAN CORR, 'A BRILLIANT YOUNG MIND' WITH ASA BUTTERFIELD, RAFE SPALL

STAR STUDDED 'BIG STONE GAP'
ASHLEY JUDD, PATRICK WILSON, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, JENNA ELFMAN, JANE KRAKOWSKI
Three enchanting new smaller films for you today, starting with star studded  BIG STONE GAP out this October. Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd) is the town's self proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was. Before she can blink, Ave's fielding marriage proposals, fighting off greedy family members, organizing a celebration for visiting celebrities, and planning the trip of a lifetime, a trip that could change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Jane Krakowski, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenna Elfman, Anthony LaPaglia all star!

'HOLDING THE MAN' 
GAY ROMANCE MOVIE WITH GUY PEARCE AND RYAN CORR
A charming movie hitting Australian cinemas this month is gay true story romance HOLDING THE MAN with Guy Pearce and again Anthony LaPaglia and Ryan Corr whom we loved this year in BANISHED epic drama! Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it - the separations, the discrimination, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses - until the only problem that love can't solve, tried to destroy them.


'A BRILLIANT YOUNG MIND'
 RAFE SPALL & ASA BUTTERFIELD
Meanwhile, a movie which already played in UK is ready to hit US big screens this September. Previously known as X+Y, and now A BRILLIANT YOUNG MIND, the movie is set in a world difficult to comprehend, where Nathan (Asa Butterfield) struggles to connect with those around him - most of all his loving mother (Sally Hawkins) - but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan is taken under the wing of unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr. Humphreys (Rafe Spall), the pair forge an unusual friendship and Nathan's talents win him a place on the UK team at the International Mathematics Olympiad. From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, Nathan builds complex relationships as he is confronted by the irrational nature of love.

Monday, August 3, 2015

NEW 'THE LAST KINGDOM' BBC EPIC TV SERIES PHOTOS WITH ALEXANDER DREYMON, DAVID DAWSON, MATTHEW MACFADYEN, RUTGER HAUER, JASON FLEMYNG

 'THE LAST KINGDOM' PHOTOS
ALEXANDER DREYMON, MATTHEW MACFADYEN, DAVID DAWSON
One of the new historical series we are looking most forward to this Autumn is definitely BBC's epic drama THE LAST KINGDOM which arrives onto the small screens October 10 at BBC America (hopefully, maybe a bit sooner at BBC Two?). Today you can check out some epic new photos from the series which might bring us a new TV hunk in the form of lead actor Alexander Dreymon who is also joined in the series by brilliant David Dawson (he was magnetic in BANISHED), Matthew MacFadyen and Rutger Hauer. Gareth Neame, producer, said the show will be more refined like TUDORS and DOWNTON ABBEY and less mindlessly brutal as some of today's shows.

ONE KING, ONE ENGLAND  
Based on Bernard Cornwell's popular THE SAXON STORIES novel series, THE LAST KINGDOM is set in the late ninth century, when what is known as England today was several separate kingdoms. The Anglo-Saxon lands are attacked and in many instances ruled by Viking forces. The kingdom of Wessex has been left standing alone under the command of King Alfred the Great (David Dawson). The main protagonist, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) - the orphaned son of a Saxon nobleman, is kidnapped by norsemen and raised as one of them. Forced to choose between a kingdom that shares his ancestry and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested.
Rutger Hauer plays a wise Viking poet, Jason Flemyng appears as King Edmund with Alec Newman as King Aethelred while Ian Hart and Nordic star Tobias Santelmann are also in the cast together with our dear Caroline Boulton and Simon Nader in smaller roles. Costume designer Ross Little who worked on THE BIBLE and CRIMSON FIELD historical mini series is doing the costumes!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

HAS MARVEL SIGNED EMILY BLUNT TO PLAY 'CAPTAIN MARVEL'? JACK REYNOR, NICHOLAS HOULT, JACK HUSTON OR TARON EGERTON FOR THE LEAD IN 'ROBIN HOOD: ORIGINS'?

HAS EMILY BLUNT BEEN
SIGNED FOR 'CAPTAIN MARVEL'?
Over the years she was often mentioned for various superhero roles, and was even supposed to be Black Widow instead of Scarlett Johansson, but it seems that now Marvel has firmly set their eyes on Emily Blunt as CAPTAIN MARVEL! The latest rumours around the web state that although they are still looking for a director (there were talks that Angelina Jolie was offered the helm), the studio has already signed Blunt to play in the movie scheduled for 2018! Carol Danvers is a security chief who becomes CAPTAIN MARVEL after surviving an explosion which leaves her with superhuman strength and the ability to fly! Charlize Theron was also mentioned for the role.

'ROBIN HOOD: ORIGINS'
NICHOLAS HOULT, JACK REYNOR, JACK HUSTON IN THE RUN
And another intriguing casting mystery today is who will take the coveted lead role in one of the numerous Robin Hood movie projects that are being planned in Hollywood. 'Deadline' reports today that Lionsgate is already choosing a young lead for their ROBIN HOOD: ORIGINS in order to beat all other rivals in the production race which includes for other projects in different studios all eyeing the green clad vigilante. Apparently, the list of potential actors currently includes British actor Taron Egerton (KINGSMAN) alongside fellow British stars Nicholas Hoult (X MEN, JACK THE GIANT SLAYER) and Jack Huston (who has already been chosen as the new BEN HUR) and charismatic TRANSFORMER's Jack Reynor (Deadline says that he already had a successful meeting with the director Otto Bathurst). Sherwood forest could see THE MAZE RUNNER's Dylan O’Brian too wearing green tights.

THE SHER- WOOD HOOD 
 The revisionist take on the famous medieval legend ROBIN HOOD: ORIGINS will see Robin Hood returning from fighting in The Crusades and finding that Sherwood Forest is rife with corruption and evil. He forms a band of outlaws and they take matters into their own hands. At the same time Disney's rival movie NOTTINGHAM & HOOD is said to be in the epic adventure potential tentpole vein. The shooting of the Lionsgate's movie should start early next year before all other rival films.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

EYE-POPPING NEW 'SNOWGIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL' TRAILER WITH LI BINGBING! GLENN CLOSE JOINS WILLEM DAFOE, NOOMI RAPACE IN 'WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY' SF MOVIE

WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY 
GLENN CLOSE, WILLEM DAFOE, NOOMI RAPACE IN SF MOVIE
Now here's an interesting sf movie: Glenn Close has joined Willem Dafoe and Noomi Rapace in WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY set in a future where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic One Child Policy and where seven identical sisters live a hide and seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman, enforces a strict family planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman. Taught by their grandfather who raised and named them — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home.

EYE POPPING NEW TRAILER 
FOR 'SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL' WITH LI BINGBING
Last winter I showed you first stunning posters and trailer for upcoming new Chinese epic fantasy adventure SNOWGIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL and now you can check out an eye popping new trailer!  The movie which broke records in China and is out August 4th on Blu Ray and DVD and on demand in USA,  stars gorgeous Li Bingbing as a snow demon opposite Kun Chen’s Zhong Kui, a ghost who maintains order in the afterlife. He is legendary Chinese anti-hero, a young man endowed with mysterious powers who is forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in the course of his attempt to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.

Friday, July 31, 2015

CHRIS PRATT & CHANNING TATUM FOR MALE 'GHOSTBUSTERS' SPIN-OFF MOVIE? KRISTOFFER NYHOLM TO DIRECT TOM HARDY'S 'TABOO' 19TH CENTURY EPIC SERIES

ALL MALE 'GHOSTBUSTERS' 
SPIN-OFF TO BE LEAD BY CHRIS PRATT AND CHANNING TATUM  ?
The movie news of the day is that MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION writer Drew Pearce has finished the script for a male version of GHOST- BUSTERS spin-off movie which would exist in the same universe as the female centric one with Melissa McCarthy, but this one would have Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum in the lead roles! Unlike the female one which is being directed by Paul Feig, the male GHOST- BUSTERS would be helmed and produced by the Russo brothers (CAPTAIN AMERICA WINTER SOLDIER) and by Ivan Reitman, who did the original 1980's movie. Chris Pratt has JURASIC WORLD and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY sequels to shoot, while Channing Tatum has left X MEN GAMBIT spin-off movie earlier this week.

TOM HARDY'S 'TABOO' EPIC
 SERIES FINDS A DIRECTOR
And in case you almost forgot that Tom Hardy is supposed to star in new historical series TABOO, they are reminding us of it with the news that Kristoffer Nyholm  (THE KILLING) is to direct the first four of the eight episodes of the epic series. BBC and FX are producing TABOO in which Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney, who returns to London in 1813 after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father. Driven to right the wrongs of the past, Delaney finds himself in a face-off against the East India Company, while playing a dangerous game between two warring nations — Britain and the newborn U.S. Hardy has actually written the story with his father.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

1ST 'CASANOVA' EPIC SERIES PHOTOS WITH DIEGO LUNA, MIRANDA RICHARDSON, BOJANA NOVAKOVIC! JASON SUDEIKIS IN 'SON OF ZORN' ANIMATED ADVENTURE, ALEC BALDWIN, JAMES FRANCO, ANJELICA HUSTON JOIN 'ARCTIC JUSTICE: THUNDER SQUAD'

NEW ANIMATED MOVIES 
JASON SUDEIKIS' 'SON OF ZORN' 
Two animated movies for you today, starting with Fox's mix of animation and live action comedy SON OF ZORN, coming from THE LEGO MOVIE duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller and with the voice from Jason Sudeikis. It follows an animated fantasy warrior Artemis who finds that reconnecting with his estranged live action son and ex-wife while suffering through a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life is harder than waging war in his distant, animated homeland.

ARCTIC JUSTICE: THUNDER SQUAD
Over at AMBI Pictures,  Alec Baldwin, James Franco, John Cleese, Anjelica Huston, Heidi Klum and Omar Sy are the voice cast for ARCTIC JUSTICE: THUNDER SQUAD animated family adventure which follows an Arctic fox named Swifty who longs to join a team of package delivery huskies working for the Arctic Blast Delivery Service. To prove himself, Swifty commandeers a sled of his own and, by himself, takes a package to an icy fortress owned by an evil genius (and Walrus) planning to take over the world.

'CASANOVA' EPIC SERIES 
FIRST PHOTOS WITH DIEGO LUNA, BOJANA NOVAKOVIC AND MIRANDA RICHARDSON
Meanwhile, in TV news, Amazon has announced that they will start airing the pilot episode for CASANOVA historical adventure series next week, August 7th in United Kingdom, Germany and United States!  Shot in three different European countries and directed by Jean Pierre Jeunet (Amelie), the series stars Diego Luna in the title role, Serbian actress Bojana Novakovic as Madame Pompadour, Miranda Richardson as Marquesa d’Urfé, James Flynn as King Louis XV and Ben Daniels. CASANOVA chronicles a little-known period in the life of one of 18th century’s most famous playboys. Exiled from his beloved Venice, Giacomo Casanova flees to Paris at the dawn of the Enlightenment in hopes of putting his reputation behind him. But old habits die hard, and temptation is everywhere as Casanova finds a wealth of new opportunity…and trouble.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DIANE KEATON IS VATICAN NUN NEXT TO JUDE LAW'S 'THE YOUNG POPE' IN NEW TV SERIES! ED SHEERAN TO STAR IN 'BASTARD EXECUTIONER' EPIC SERIES! ZACH MCGOWAN, NEIL SANDILANDS, MICHAEL BEACH JOIN 'THE 100' SEASON 3

'THE 100' SF SHOW 3RD SEASON
CASTS ZACH MCGOWAN, MICHAEL BEACH, NEIL SANDILANDS
A bunch of TV news today, people, starting with casting updates for CW's hit show THE 100! Have you watched it so far? It is set 97 years after a nuclear war destroyed civilization, revolving around 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet! But once down there they find primitive and advanced humans, both equally violent! The third season, which starts in early 2016, has cast Neil Sandilands (as Titus, an embodiment of the Old Guard, who works to preserve and protect his Grounder civilization),  BLACK SAILS star Zach McGowan (as Roan, a rogue Grounder warrior who will stop at nothing to get what he wants), and Michael Beach (as Pike, a tough and charismatic member of the Ark with a staunch moral code).

ED SHEERAN JOINS 
'THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER' EPIC TELEVISION SERIES
Well some like his music, some think it's a suffocatingly mediocre crap, but Ed Sheeran sure does have his eye on acting business and movies. First he wrote the main song for one of THE HOBBIT movies, then earlier this year he had a singing/ acting stint in NBC's UNDATEABLE sitcom and now he will have a recurring role in FX's new epic series THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER which will see Lee Jones playing a battle weary mediaeval knight returning to the ways of violence in the midst of Welsh rebellion. As 'Hollywood Reporter' writes, Ed Sheeran will play a power hungry protege of a corrupt church official named Sir Corma!
DIANE KEATON JOINS JUDE LAW IN 'YOUNG POPE'
Meanwhile, Diane Keaton will play a nun who lives in Vatican and who has raised the first American pope played by Jude Law in new TV series THE YOUNG POPE and who still has power over him!  The HBO, Sky and Canal + series tells describes the beginning of the Pontificate of Pius XIII, a man of great power who’s stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications for his authority.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

'ZIPPER' TRAILER WITH PATRICK WILSON, LENA HEADEY, JOHN CHO, DIANA AGRON! SHAWN LEVY TO DIRECT BRANDON SANDERSON'S 'STEELHEART' FANTASY BESTSELLERS? ATIQ RAHIMI TO HELM AMIN MAALOUF'S 'PORTS OF CALL' WW2 NOVEL

'PORTS OF CALL' ADAPTATION 
 OF AMIN MAALOUF'S WW2 NOVEL
Only this weekend I informed you that Amin Maalouf's LEO THE AFRICAN will be turned into a movie, and now yet another of his beloved novels is getting the adaptation and already has the cast! PORTS OF CALL will star Golshifteh Farahani (EXODUS GODS AND KINGS), Louis Garrel and Pierre Niney in, as 'Deadline' reports, the story about two ill-starred lovers who meet in Paris during World War II: Ossyane, the principal narrator and Muslim Ottoman prince, and Clara, a Jewish freedom fighter from Vienna. PORTS OF CALL is a fable of madness and family ties, of love and despair, of mixed and uncertain identities set against the backdrop of the French Resistance as well as the breakdown of order in Beirut. Atiq Rahimi is directing!

'STEELHEART' ADAPTATION
BRANDON SANDERSON'S NOVELS
And as you know, adaptations of YA novels have been a trend for years now, and here's the latest one: STEELHEART fantasy trilogy from Brandon Sanderson is to be adapted and directed by Shawn Levy at Fox. The tale begins with a burst in the sky that gave some ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics, but with incredible gifts came the desire to rule. In what was once Chicago, an astonishingly powerful Epic named STEELHEART installed himself as emperor. Nobody fights back but the Reckoners, a shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. The book centres on David, who wants in the group because STEELHEART killed his father, and he alone knows the Epics’ true weakness.

'ZIPPER' TRAILER 
WITH PATRICK WILSON, DIANA AGRON, LENA HEADEY, JOHN CHO
And the only trailer for you today is for our beloved Patrick Wilson's new sex thriller ZIPPER in which he plays  Sam Ellis, a man on the rise, a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one time experience with a high end escort instead turns into a growing addiction. His moral compass unravelling, his new demon threatens to destroy his life, family and career. Diana Agron, Lena Headey, John Cho and Ray Winstone and Richard Dreyfuss also star in the movie out late next month.

Monday, July 27, 2015

'EXPANSE' SF SERIES TRAILER & CAST PHOTOS WITH TOM JANE, STEVEN STRAIT, SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO! MELANIE SCROFANO, TIM ROZON TO LEAD 'WYNONNA EARP' SUPERNATURAL WESTERN SERIES

'WYNONNA EARP' TV SERIES 
GETS LEAD STARS FOR THE CAST
A lil' bit of science fiction for you today, starting with the news coming from SyFy: a month or two ago I informed you that they are turning WYNONNA EARP comic into a thirteen episode television series and now they have revealed the lead actors. Melanie Scrofano (Damien) will take the main role portraying Wynonna, Tim Rozon (Being Human) will take on the job of playing legendary con artist Doc Holliday, while Shamier Anderson (Defiance, Constantine) is going to be the mysterious Agent Dolls.
SUPERNATURAL WESTERN
Scheduled to hit the small screens next April, WYNNONA EARP  is decribed as a modern supernatural Western, in which the story revolves around Wyatt Earp’s great granddaughter Wynonna as she battles demons and other supernatural beings and uses her unique abilities and a dysfunctional posse of allies to bring the paranormal to justice. Some of her enemies in the comic book include redneck vampires, mummy hitmans, hillbilly gremlins and zombie mailmen!

'THE EXPANSE' SF TV SERIES 
TRAILER WITH THOMAS JANE TRAVELLING THE UNIVERSE
Speaking of SyFy, check out the longer, rather vivid and intriguing, trailer and character photos for their new science fiction space set series EXPANSE which will air this December as a ten episode space thriller set two hundred years in the future. The story follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship's captain (Steven Strait) together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. Shohreh Aghdashloo also stars as the Deputy Undersecretary for the United Nations, Chrisjen Avasarala, a master of politics who achieved her position without a single vote cast in her name! Florence Faivre plays an heir to one of the most powerful corporations in the solar system, who knows the secrets of Earth! Wes Chatham plays ship's calm mechanic. The series is based on the popular New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as "The Expanse," written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey)